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this is a numbers name. the population in auckland is much less than in new york city. there you have it. >> i'm not going to say anything else. i always get in trouble when i do. "real money with ali velshi" is next. >> almost $4 billion. that was the price tag of the midterm election. i'm looking at what that money bought for you. hard working americans who are worried about immigration and the cost of energy. we'll look at the 2016 race for the white house, the campaign without a single declared candidate yet, but tens of millions of dollars spent. plus how the plunging price of oil has sparked a different kind of war in the middle east. a price war. i'm ali velshi. this is "real money."
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>> all day long you've been hearing how the democrats lost yesterday's midterm election. we'll talk about why they lost so badly. it was the economy that undid "z" them. 70% of voters polled said that the economy is in bad shape. even more, 78% said that they worry about the economy's direction in the next year, and over all 55% of voters disapprove of president obama's performance in office. now america is recovering. the recovery is chugging along, close to 200,000 jobs being added every month since the last vote in 2012, but it is not making a difference in the lives of many americans. that's because the pay on offer on those jobs tend to skew lower and household incomes have fallen from levels that were seen before the recession right
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before president obama took office. but republicans should not be complacent. sure, democrats lost big time in yesterday's vote, but democratic ideas for combating the widening wealth gap still won wide support from voters. ballot measures to wage the minimum wage in alaska, arkans arkansas, nebraska, south dakota, they all passed with overwhelming support. the binding votes could raise incomes for more than 400,000 americans who are on the lowest pay skills in those states. but the refrain to let the market determine what employers pay their workers is falling on deaf ears even in the reddest of the states. ignoring american concern over growing economic inequality could come back to bite the g.o.p. but it didn't this time.
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the question is whether this open up opportunities to get things done. passing real legislation that will help americans prosper again. i'm not holding my bristol city, but they support tax reform. both sides do support wide-ranging trade deals with pacific rim nations. they still can't agree what to do with the undocumented immigrants who already live in this country. we have mike viqueira standing by on this very topic. mike, immigration is the topic that nobody fixes. everybody talks about. and we always talk about being a big election campaign in the presidential election, this is going to come in to play in a big way. what happens in the next two years. >> you're right. it's going to be as divisive an issue as ever.
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it was the president who put off taking executive action due action, the president said i'm going to take executive action. the so-called dreamers, but then he said i'm going to do it after the election. now the white house doubling down and president obama again making it clear that he's going to do to contrast that with mitch mcconnell in a victor victorious press conference saying that would poison the well with relations with the republicans. already there is this potential of these sides getting off on the wrong foot. nobody showed up for democrats, a huge gap. one way to get that back on track if you're democrats is it would appeal to base.
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he put off the immigration vote and appointment of an attorney general. just today he said he wants to go to congress and discuss hotterizin authorization and revising. and the justifications for going in iraq. all these things put together, suppress democratic turn out, now the job is to invigorate the base. >> let's talk about the attorney general. that is a vacant position at the moment. there has been some talk of the labor secretary tom perez, what do you make of that idea? >> we talked about this on the air, ali. that is becoming more of a logical step for the same reasons we just outlined. uplifting those in poverty, to name him sure would pick a fight
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and perhaps the nomination would not make it through the senate now. remember with those numbers that the republicans are now going to have, unlikely to get those 50 votes. they asked about what the thought process was on the aging nomination, he would not bite today. >> the economy may have been the undoing of the democrats, but the economy was not on the ballot in most place, and much to my frustration was not talked about in detail. everyone was accusing the other one of being bad of the economy, but there were five states in which an economic question was on the ballot. in all five states it passed. these were moves that were championed by democrats and yet in those five states the democrats were whoa were running were wiped out as well. what do you make of this distext?
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a new reason senate cotton, he backed the initiative to raise it. keep in mind it was not 1010-10 like most want. it was more the nine dr. range that passed in arkansas. but what you're going to see on the part of republican. by the time it's fully instituted. it will cost 500,000 jobs in the economy. that's a non-starter now that the republicans are running things. what you're seeing in that five for five statistic is airing coming out of the poll lungu for a federal raise because look, let the states take care of it. federalism. that's the way we want to go. >> interesting dynamic, indeed. good to see you, mike viqueira at the white house. let's go to a mike who
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wrote an article "republicans gain from voter anger over obama's economy." let's talk about the keystone pipeline. a lot of people say that 53 senators are in support of this, and now this seems to be a no-brainer. nothing is really never a no-brainer in washington, but do they believe that this was the cause of the advance in the pipeline? >> i think it's very likely that the republicans will send a bill to the white house some time in the first half of the year that will say we want the pipeline approved. they may do something like put it in a budget towards the end of the year, and then you would have much more of negotiation because of a free standing bill. the president can just veto. but when it's attached to
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funding then there has to be a negotiation over it. >> let's talk about the repudiation that the exit polls show of president's economic policies. in a country where employment is below 6%. lower than it was in the last election where jobs are being created at 200,000 a month, which most people would say is fair, and economic engine that is growing about 3.6% annualized 3 the top line don't seem to jive with the 78% of americans who seem to think that the economy is poor. >> yes, the economy is great if you're not an actual american. you know, you look at the growth figures in the last six months. the u.s. economy is growing. fastest back-to-back gains since 2013. they're doing much better than other developed countries in the world. far better than europe, far better than japan. that all looks great. the problem is if you're an
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actual middle class american you're making $2,600 less, adjusting for inflation than you were before the recession. even if you have a full-time job you're median, the person in the middle, usual weekly earnings have not recovered to the re-recession level, and of course a lot of people are working part time involuntar ily. at the end of the day the large portion of americans who have jobs have rebounded a little bit from the lows in 2010, but still it has not come back to where it was before the recession. in many cases people's living standards are back where they were in the 1990's. you've gone 15 years with no improvement in ordinary american living standards. people have been very unhappy about that. you saw that with the exit polls. i'm happy with the figure that
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you showed, 7 out of 10 americans feel like the economy is not working for them, and of course the economy is the top issue for people. >> it's clearly the most important issue. and this has not been isn't since 2007-2008, the economy has been the top issue bar none for americans. yet very little of the election campaign was about the economy. so i don't know today as the republicans get ready to take the senate what on a policy basis shift to address the very specific problem that you outline so well. how their lives get better as a result of policy changes. >> lootedder a lot of the advertising was anti-obama administration. the reason they're un' is because of how they're doing. at the end of the day voters say
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tell me what time it is, all of this back and forth deadlock, minimum wage, this, that, that's not what they're interested in. they're interested in just we want to do better. you're the president, you take care of it. that's why you're elected. >> it will be interesting to see how this plays out and heading to the midterm election. good to have you here. the white house correspondent for bloomberg news. i'm breaking down the big spenders who bang rolled some of the big races. sometimes money is not enough. we'll look at the deep-pocketed donors already lining up for the 2016 president election. you're watching real money. tell me what is on your mind by tweeting me at ali velshi. we'll be back in two minutes.
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i have. >> stockholder you all about the spending by outside groups in weeks leading up to the election with a good chunk of that campaign cash coming from dark money, money used to influence races between political non-profits. it's money that can't be easily sourced for tracked. but now let's take a look at the return of all the investment on that, and the roughly
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$500 million spent by different groups paid off. >> half of all ads were bought by outside groups. we're talking the super pacs and non-profits that can accept u unlimited contributions. no more was that used than north carolina. karl rove's non-profit spent the most $8.2 million. and in the end with still has' close victory kay hagin it was money well spent. the same cannot be said for tom stire who funned $75 million of his money into his super pac.
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his goal to target republicans he viewed a hostile to climate change. steyer did not get the returns he wanted. $7million to oppose cory gardner. $6million to oppose joni ernst. and spent $12 million to oppose governor rick scott. they both prevailed in battleground senate races and incumbent scott won in a title election. but it was certainly a good night for outside and dark money groups. seemingly formed solely to get a single candidate elected. take the kentucky opportunity coalition.
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an 504 c organization. a non non-profit, and funded $14 million of tv and radio ads. that's one out of every seven ads in the contest. mcconnell won handily and will become the next senate majority leader. over all it was a major reversal of fortune for republican outside groups. back in 2012, they spent more than $700 million, but that money did not manage to get mitt romney into office or flip control of the senate. in these mid terms some $330 million were poured into key races and nearly all of them conservatives got the result they wanted. it's not just about the amount of dark money but how that money was used that made the difference. this election, the dark money reporter for the center for response of politics, a
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nonpartisan group that tracks money in u.s. politics. he said those behind the flood of outside money have become much more sophisticated in the way they wield that campaign cash. he joins me now from washington, and robert, you remind us that, in fact, 2010 the first election after citizens united, after that supreme court ruling was, in fact, very successful for dark money. 2012 was the anomaly. >> right, exactly. we've had three elections since citizens united, and two of them have been defined by the outside spending. in 2010 these dark-money groups outspent super pacs. in 2012 there were different factors but you had this disarray among all the groups, but they pulled it back together in 2014. you had these groups getting on the ground knocking on doors,
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sending out mailers, and really more concerted effort than you saw in 2012. >> let's be clear to our viewers. what's the difference between dark money and what we all came to know as super pacs. >> well, a super pac, the big distinction is that the super pac, it doesn't have to disclose it's donors.
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>> it was not just buying tv ads. it was going to campaigning. >> exactly. you know, these groups are not supposed to be political but what we saw was that they're buying more ads than 2012 even. the other thing they were doing is that they were knocking on doors, they were talking to people about the hishes. they happen to be talking about the issues and states where there was a very contigio, race, and they were inputting data not they were promoting certain candidates at that point. that's going to be incredibly important in 2016. they're going to keep that data and use it. >> they're not supposed to be political but let's talk about this story that we just mentioned about the kentucky opportunity coalition. they were dedicated to actually getting mitch mcconnell
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re-elected. >> exactly. this is an organization that was founded in 2008. it appears never to have raised any money. then you hads suddenly it has millions of dollars to spend not only on 12,000 ads either mentioned mcconnell or grimes, but also on a website that mention mcconnell on his blog and a youtube page with photos all mentioning mitch mcconnell. for an organization that is not supposed to have politics as it's primary purpose, this promotion of this specific candidate seem very political. >> is that legal? >> it's legal in the sense that we don't know what they were doing during this whole time. they never raised money before, but they spent millions of dollars, and they'll have to offset that some how. the question is will the irs
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look at it. irs audits less than 1% of 504 organizations. >> what will happen in the. >> okay. well, conservative donors are going to be reassured by 2014, organizations like karl roves has fallen from favor after phenomenal losses. but they pulled it together in 2014, and pulled off big winds, and almost certainly is going to use that as a selling point in 2016. >> well, it will be interesting to see how this all pairs up. a dark money reporter. outside groups have already been hard at work amassing cash for the 2016 race for the white house. we're going to look at who has the upper hand coming up. plus how the plunging price of holy has opec member nation with a crude reality. you're watching real money.
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presidential contenders, i bet you didn't even know there were 15 of them, have raised $89 million and already spent 87. million dollars of it as they look towards that election. not a single person has actually declared their candidacy. mary snow has more. >> hillary clinton played a supporting role through the mid terms, but the prospects of a 2016 presidential bid was not far away. >> are we ready for hillary? >> behind the scenes a different kind of campaign a has been under way as outside groups backing potential 2016 contenders are raising cash. waiting for hillary, a super pac that can raise and spend unlimited money but donate to a particular candidate has raised $10.3 million to date according to the sunlight foundation and counts this group as leading the pac. among republicans it cites one
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group supporting rand paul raising $3.1 million. a similar group supporting paul ryan who won re-election tuesday raised $2.2 million. more harass raised for ted crews and marco rubio. that's just some of the money with an eye towards 2016 raised by outside groups. it doesn't include potential candidates like new jersey governor chris christie, who has been visible on the campaign trail for the republican governor's association, but does not have a political action committee. there is jeb bush, widely seen as having access to deep pocketed donors. and there is the money raised by the candidates themselves. all of it pointing to expectations of an unprecedented price tag for the presidency beating the price set by barack obama and mitt romney, who each raised more than $1 billion. to be a top tier candidate at the start.
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one former federal election commissioner estimates they'll need to raise between 100 and $150 million in the next year alone to be a contender. mary snow, al jazeera. >> we could be looking a at a $6 billion to $7 billion by the time all the money is counted up. that's according to bill allis allison bill, good to see you. thank you so much for being with us. i know you want transparency. it's in the name of your organization. are you worried about the sheer numbers $6 billion to $7 billion? or you're just worried you know where it's coming from, and you know who has donated it. >> obviously with so much money it's hard to track all the places it's coming from and all the things that people who are giving, but having the disclosure it gives you a shot. it gives you an opportunity to look into that and signed out who is backing congress and the
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presidential candidates in the primary that i'm going to be voting in. i think that it's not a perfect system and it would be better if we had some kind of limits that could tamper down some of the spending, but transparency is the first step in understanding where all the money is. >> all the work you do on it indicates that we're not anywhere close to transparency. >> no, that's a real problem. with these non-profit organizations that can raise, done knows how much money they have to spend and the problem is if you're running in a race, you're a presidential candidate, not only are you raising money for your campaign, you have to be thinking a non-profit could show up and drop $1 million in advertising late in the race and sink my candidacy. i have to be prepared. now you have members of congress spending more and more time raising money. presidential candidates spending
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more and more money and they're spending their time with well off and affluent. and as a result ordinary voters almost get shut out of the process. >> it's almost a defensive move. even if you're not going to spend that kind of money in your own campaign you have to be prepared that it will happen. this is yet a further distraction of what the voters need and the business of running a campaign. >> yes, a lot of politicians complain about raising money. it's something that you have to be good at, it's something that they do themselves. i'm not saying that any politician is horrified at raising money, but when they have to raise so much and devote so much time to it, they devote even more time than a few years ago, that has changed the way washington works.
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>> do you draw a distinction between the super bow super pacs that have to show where the money comes from and the dark money groups? >> one of the problems is we just don't know where the money is coming from. one of the things that after citizens united that people were worried about, companies like cheveron, exxon, and they would have their own political operations and they really haven't. if you think about it, these businesses have reputational risks of alienating aid for louisiana of their customers by choosing a democrat or republican they may be giving money that has nothing to do with their interests.
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the group paying for it is just hoping fo for a tax break. is no way of being aware this big company, they're paying for it. i know what their interests are. >> it becomes ply kateed when we have to spend time digging the truth out of more and more ads on tv. some say well, that's what the media is there for. the media is there for a lot of things and takes away from our time to report on the news. >> just racing the dark money trail which you can do and senator for politics has done great work on this. you know, you can follow the money and find some of it, but it's just painstakingly steedous, and you can only find 5 or 10%. >> bill allison at the sunlight foundation. this probably would not have helped the president much
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yesterday, but sees at least he would have had something to gloat about. the payroll company adp said private businesses added 230,000 new jobs and that's exceeding expectstations. september's private payrolls were revised up by 12,000. including october's gain the economy has produce produced over 200,000 jobs over the last two months. on friday both public and private sector employment. many countries that produce oil for a living are worried about falling prices but saudi arabia is worried. it cut the price of holy. i'll look at what is behind the move when real money continues.
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estimated 57 votes in the senate. it is now thought though have a filibuster 61 votes. the $8 billion project would deliver heavy canadian oil crude from alberta, and make it easier to deliver oil to the u.s. gulf coast. it has languished six years awaiting approval which it needed because it cross as national border. now this year's plunge in oil prices below $80 a barrel has been a beautiful thing for drivers. the cost of a gallon of gas is now under $3. the price of crude oil rising 2% to $78.68 a barrel. that is not the story. the story that u.s. crude prices are down about 30% since hitting a recent peak of $107 a barrel in june. now the big reasons include reduced global demand for
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energy, and an increased surge supply, and that is the result of advances in extracting oil and natural gas from shale fields from north dakota, and other states using technology that you will know as fracking. the drop in crude prices had a created fascinating challenges in nations that rely on policy to supports oh ope opec. opec is supported by saudi nations. and on tuesday saudi arabia unexpectedly cut the price of crude oil sold to the united states. now that oil--that act of cutting the prices sent oil prices to the united states to a three-year low. some analysts say the judies are trying to protect their turf by taking aim at america's shale
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oil producer. >> drawing a line in the shale the. >> saudis would like to keep it that way for lots of reasons top to maintain exports, but for geopolitical reasons. >> as the world's largest oil exporter and opec winning producer, saudi arabia can push more crude on to the market. but the historic pricing power is under threat by american sail oil producers who have been flooding the market with new supply at a time when global demand is easing. the united states is poised usurp saudi arabia's crown as the world ace largest oil
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producer, but there is still a crucial edge in the battle to control oil markets. maybe it's the ability to extract crude far more cheaply. the cost of finding and extracting oil averages $31 in the united states versus 17 in the middle east. u.s. producers are feeling the squeeze. >> 80-dollar oil is still okay for the lyon's share of producers. once the price gets down to $70 or so, there might be a few that drop out. >> although global bench book oil is below what they need to meet their budget, they are poised for a price war. >> some of the countries that
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rely higher oil prices are bound to feel pressure. so are non-opec oil producers like russia. here to help us make sense of what saudi arabia is doing or not doing. analysts say that saudis are trying to pick a fight to protect market share are wrong. stephen, good to see you. thank you for being with us. is there any fear on the part of the saudis or owe poke that this increase in oil production is cutting in to their business? >> yes, we're not competing with saudi arabia simply because we cannot export all this oil we're producing. we are to the saudis a paper target. now all the headlines yesterday had to do with the fact that the saudis lower the price of oil that they're selling to the united states.
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left unsaid is that over the summer the saudis were charging a record premium for the amount of oil they were selling to the united states. we're simply getting a mean regression. the saudis are lowering the price from the record they were charging over the summer to what they're charging now. but we're still above the five-year average. also left on said yes the saudis cut the price of holy. they raise their price going to europe. they raise their price. they're running a trade tour plus with the united states. it's the highest it's been since the 2008 oil bubble. the u.s. imports fewer barrels from saudi and everybody else,
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but even when saudi was selling 2 billion a barrels years ago now they're selling a million barrels, yet they still have one fifth of the u.s. import market. this is not an issue of protecting market share. this is not an issue of trying to create a price war with the united states which is the saudi's most important customer. this is a go. -between that we're seeing. at the beginning of the summer, oil prices are 107 barrels in june. we were at the start of the driving season. isis was threaten in iraq, and threatening that pro direction. libyans are not producing oil at all. now this summer, libyans are
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producing oil. i'm flabbergasted how bearish everyone all of a sun. no one could be more bearish than oil. this is the ebb and flow of the commodity. >> some people associate that bearishness with bearishness about the global economy. do you make that connection? >> that is my biggest fear. if we do not rebound. iamericans should not be paying below $3 a gallon at the pump because we're paying $2.90, $0.40 below what we were paying in 1980. there is no reason why we should be paying gasoline prices this low. if we are, that's simply telling
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us that there is not demand in the market, and that is a reflexion on the global economy in general. that is really scary tale tell. >> billionaire oil man said that d domestic companies should stop drilling more oil. what do you make of it? >> it means that he does not have enough oil. the lyon share are still making money at $71 a beryl. in the 70's you put a 69 handle on that, now what it said and
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what it actually douse, we'll have to wait and see that. we're certainly down in that area. no, this should not produce because we have too much oil. they should keepen producing because look, we're exporting a light form of crude oil. because we do have a surplus, and mind you, we can't use the majority of this because our findings are geared to cheaper barrel of gasoline. we can swap it with the cheap oil that we need and export caviar, and import tune fish, it's a win win for the consumer. but shale production where we cannot export that production at this point. >> thank you for joining us. editor. >> thank you. >> coming up next. the cease-fire in ukraine is in
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danger as russian troops reportedly move closer to the border. we'll talk to someone who in ukraine to give us an on the ground report from there. stay with us. on al jazera america
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gamers who have tackled the ebola puzzles is to have a real world impact. dr. david baker runs the university of washington's institute for protein design where the ebola foldit effort has already given scientists new leads. >> we can design stuff on the computer that has never existed
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and then in the lab be working with it in real life. >> translating that into vaccines or treatments could take years. >> falling oil prices are taking a toll o on the russian rubel "h." russia natura support the currenty but today said it would dial back its intervention. the rubel has lost more than . the move to worsen the already harsh economic conditions there.
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aging industries in ukraine's east has for many years relied heavily on state subsidies. it said back payment will be paid for recipients once the mellows move out. any crow mice appears remove. the truce is on the verge of collapse. this week nato's top nato commander said that they're still training and supplying separatists, and making matters worst from last sunday's election held by those separatists. russia said that it respected the results of the election. we go to a conservative think tank based in d.c. where does the country go from here. hanna, good to see you. thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having me.
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>> our impression was that things are cooling down, but it looks like its still an active situation. >> you did see before the elections that things would calm down a little bit. that was vladimir putin's way of seeing what the result of the election would be, whether or not ukrainians were going to choose a parliament that he thought he could work with. i think what you may be seeing now is an understanding on his part and the russian government part that that is not the case. the ukrainian people elected a parliament that is heavily pro-e.u. an. you saw a lot of this fighting building up around the donetsk airplane again, where there has been terrible, awful fighting. so i think that's very fair to say yes, the minsk protocol and
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the agreement that they have on the cease-fire is tenuous at best. >> and the separatists in the east held an election 37 vladimir putin has recognized the election but not the idea that they have their own state. what is that game? a lot of people are sort of wondering whether putin is going to say, hey, just like crimea, you voted to be part of russia, and they'll take that over, or is this setting a different message. >> it's a complicated situation in the east. i think its akin to what happened in crimea, it's increasingly small as time goes on. this is now an area that has been completely devastated by war. it has a population that is now in poverty, and really sort of searching for any kind of help that they can get. and for russia now in this situation that it is in, with all the sanctionser for it to take on officially yet another
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obligation to take on that area and revitalize the area may not be prepared to do. but what putin may be prepared to do is leave in ukraine a frozen conflict. akin to what happened in georgia after the war in 2008, and what they also have in the area of moldova. having a frozen conflict in that area allows him to kind of have a type of leverage, the type of leverage i think he wants over the ukrainian government. sort of a stirring around the toe to have the pull, remember-- >> yes, we're not far. >> exactly. >> let's talk about the energy deal. ukraine was receiving gas from russia and could not pay those bills. that is really a big cause of
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tension. >> it certainly is. the hope of everyone involved here is that the agreement does stand. when i was in ukraine just this past week, it was very, very cold. they hadn't turned the heat on yet because the government was trying to save money because they don't have the money in the bank to pay for the gas, and at the time they had very little in their gas reserves. it was 45 degrees in buildings and 35 dres 35 degrees on the streets. but people said they were willing to suffer through a cold winter if that's what it took. hopefully that's not what it takes. you have to look at things from russia's perspective. they do need the money that ukraine owes them and what ukraine would pay them for that gas. they need the gas that is transited through ukraine through western european countries and they get the money for those deliveries as well. it is in their interest to make sure that this deal goes
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through. the question, of course, is the money, and it really took an assurance on the part of western countries in the imf to russia that ukraine was good for its word. >> we had a great conversation with you. thanthank you for joining us from the foreign police. >> thank you for having me. >> next up e we'll look at the low turn out and what it shows us about our democracy.
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>> the final tallies have been counted in most states but most eligible voters did not even bother to go to the polls. more thaso far the associated press has estimated that only 83 million americans participated in yesterday's midterm vote. that's around 40% of all eligible voters in the country. that is a dip from previous presidential elections. in canada voter turn out almost
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always hovers around 70%. in mexico, turn out rates are 65%. why are americans so come play september. i don't know, but i get sick of people about our do nothing congress when they themselves do nothing to make things better with their hard earned vote. i hear arguments out there saying that your vote doesn't count. maybe it's true for a lot of things although i take issue with the premise. i'll concede that your life does not change that much when the man or woman changes in the white house. but we elect local officials, community boards and judges. i argue that these people have power to effect our lives. eligible voters should exercise their right to vote. yet 60% of us don't even bother, and we only have ourselves to blame if the political system does not represent us. that's our show for today. i'm ali velshi. thank you for joining us.
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